A Bit About Me

I am lucky enough to say that I cover Asia and North America. My travel journey started with a two-year gap year in my early 20s, before living in Amsterdam and Canada, and finally settling back into life in the UK. My wildlife encounters have taken me from seeing polar bears in Churchill, Canada and the Arctic wildlife of Svalbard to tracking tigers in the national parks of India and swimming with whale sharks off the western coast of Australia.

I now get to help clients experience what I did and get to spend my days happily talking about these amazing countries and all they have to offer.

Q & A With Mike

Where was your last trip?

My last trip was to India in December, where I spent a few days in Mumbai sampling all the street food I could before moving onto Kerala for a Indian Christmas! Spending Christmas Day on a houseboat was fantastic!

Where is your next trip?

My next trip will be to Wyoming in the USA for a week exploring Yellowstone National Park in the snow, which I can’t wait for!

What is your first travel-related memory?

Going on my first overnight ferry from Portsmouth to France and sharing a Berth with my sisters all on our own! I don’t think we slept a bit as we were all so excited and everything was new to us.

Aisle or window seat?

Window if it’s a day flight as I like to enjoy the different landscapes but an Aisle on night flights as I don’t sleep so I like to wander.

Do you have any travel habits or rituals?

I am not the best flyer so I usually get a lounge at the Airport so I can relax and have a few Gin & Tonics before the flight.

What are you most likely to splurge on while travelling?

I usually add a few nights near the end of a trip at a really nice Spa Hotel to keep the Mrs happy along with getting to relax after sometimes a busy trip! Otherwise when I get home I feel like I need another holiday straight away….there are only so many holiday days in a year!

What’s your favourite thing about working at NWS?

I enjoy being able to send clients away on unbelievable, once-in-a-lifetime trips where they will experience incredible wildlife and make memories that will stay with them forever.

What do you like doing outside of NWS?

Having just bought our first house that’s the project at the moment.  Otherwise lots of pub lunches, taking lots of photos and walking as much of the South Downs as I can fit into a weekend.

If you could do just one NWS safari, which one would it be?

A really tough one! It would be between seeing the ice grizzlies of the Yukon in northern Canada which I think looks just incredible, or taking in Patagonia in Chile. But next week my choices would be different I’m sure!

Is there a standout destination in your mind?

It has to be India, it has the lot for me! Incredible food, spectacular temples and culture, heaps of Wildlife to see and I can end the trip with a few days relaxing on stunning beaches.

What is your best travel souvenir?

I have a local tea set from a village near Ella in Sri Lanka which I use most days and love.  I just have to keep going back to Sri Lanka to get tea for it, it tastes better there I’m sure!

What is the best travel advice you have received?

Spend the first day with no plan! Go and find a local café, sit and watch the world go by then off exploring and see what you can find.  I remember getting completely lost in Mumbai and finding a great market, to this day I still have no idea how I got there.

What is your spirit animal?

According to the Internet – I am a Tiger, not sure why but I’ll take it.

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